Audit Shows Minor NCAA Violations At Iowa

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An audit by Iowa's athletics compliance staff uncovered several minor NCAA violations in late 2012 and 2013.

None of the violations were considered more than secondary and many were based on inadvertent contact through text messages. The University of Iowa disclosed the violations in response to an open-records request by The Gazette.

From Aug. 10, 2012 through May 15, 2013, the athletics department reported 15 violations to either the Big Ten or the NCAA. Here is a rundown of the violations:

Men's gymnastics (3) — 1. Assistant coach Ben Ketelsen brought his girlfriend to a recruiting dinner on Oct. 19, 2012, and her meal was paid for by the university. 2. Head coach J.D. Reive sent a text message to a recruit on the day of his evaluation in 2011. It was the only text message recovered on his phone during the school's audit. 3. Former assistant Spencer Slaton texted a prospect in 2011 to obtain a fax number so the school could fax information for the prospect's upcoming official visit.

Men's swimming (2) — 1. Head coach Marc Long inadvertently sent a text message to a prospect's father while attempting text Michigan State assistant coach Tim Loeffler before a swim meet on Oct. 18, 2012. The text read: "Hey Tim, it's Marc. We're on track to arrive at the pool in 1 hr. We'll keep u updated." 2. On Oct. 6, 2011, a prospective athlete on his recruiting trip encountered an airport delay and rough cell reception. He texted associate head coach Frannie Malone, who responded with "ok." The return text was considered impermissible.

Women's rowing (2): 1. In late July and early August 2012, assistant coach Beth Redfearn made three phone calls to 2014 prospects before communication was allowed with the athletes. 2. Former head coach Steve Pritzker held a varsity practice on Aug. 23, 2012, which was well before the initial start of practice on Sept. 15. Pritzker, who resigned last month, was new to the program.

Men's track (2): 1. On Sept. 8, 2012, assistant coach Clive Roberts received a text message from a 2013 prospect. Roberts was unaware of the incoming number and responded, "who is this?" That was considered impermissible contact. 2. Assistant coach Joey Woody said he "lost track" of the recruiting quiet period during the 2011-2012 holiday break and made two calls (one is allowed) to the same prospect on Dec. 20 and Dec. 22, 2011. He reported the violations to the school's compliance office.

Women's golf (1): Head coach Megan Menzel and assistant coach Laura Cilek each exceeded the number of permitted visits to a prospect by one in the fall of 2012. NCAA rules allow seven total visits/evaluations during a prospect's career with only three in the athlete's senior season. Both coaches counted four visits.

Men's basketball (1): Assistant coach Sherman Dillard called a 2015 prospect on June 16, 2012. Dillard reported the violation and told Iowa officials the athlete was listed among the 2014 prospects. NCAA rules allowed coaches to begin communication with 2014 prospects on that date.

"We believe this was an inadvertent violation and should not recur," Iowa associate athletics director and former compliance chief Fred Mims wrote to the NCAA's Chris Strobel on Oct. 22, 2012.

Wrestling (1): Director of operations Luke Eustice sent two text messages to a prospect in October 2011, one was while the prospect was on campus. Coaches are not allowed to text prospects except for men's basketball.

Football (1): Former assistant coach Erik Campbell brought his girlfriend to a recruiting dinner on Dec. 8, 2012. The school paid for his girlfriend's dinner.

Baseball (1): Assistant coach Zach Dillon arranged for two prospects to eat breakfast at the Iowa Memorial Union following an unofficial campus visit. The IMU was closed, and Dillon instead took them to the off-campus Hamburg Inn during a recruiting quiet period. The prospects paid for their meal and returned to campus.

Multiple programs (1): The compliance audit from 2010 through December 2012 found the university's use of a URL address constituted a logo and was not part of a return address in its recruiting envelopes for football, men's basketball and women's basketball. The women's field hockey and men's/women's swimming teams also larger-than-allowed postcards for recruiting purposes. The former letters and postcards are either in storage for other purposes or destroyed.
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